Nursing care of patients with a temporary tracheostomy
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Nursing care of patients with a temporary tracheostomy

Rebecca Myatt Nurse case manager (thoracic surgery), Guy’s Hospital, London, England

Safety considerations are important when caring for a patient with a temporary tracheostomy. Early detection and resolution of problems in tracheostomy management are important to prevent serious incidents arising. Nurses working outside critical care areas need to be competent and confident in the management or detection of potential problems with tracheostomies. This article summarises the essential care of a patient with a temporary tracheostomy with reference to best practice guidelines, emphasising the importance of prompt intervention and response, if a potential problem is identified.

Correspondence Rebecca.Myatt@gstt.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 26,42-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.26.42.e9742

Received: 05 November 2014

Accepted: 01 December 2014

Published in print: 25 February 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review